Chen Shou

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Chen Shou
Historian of Jin dynasty
Born 233
Died 297 (aged 63–64)
Traditional Chinese 陳壽
Simplified Chinese 陈寿
Pinyin Chén Shòu
Wade–Giles Ch'en Shou
Courtesy name Chengzuo (Chinese: 承祚; pinyin: Chéngzuò; Wade–Giles: Ch'eng-tso)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.

Chen Shou (233–297), courtesy name Chengzuo, was a historian who lived in the late Three Kingdoms period and early Western Jin dynasty. He is best known for writing Records of the Three Kingdoms, a historical account of the late Eastern Han dynasty and Three Kingdoms period.


Chen Shou was born in Nanchong, Sichuan. He served as an official in the state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. His father was believed to be Chen Shi, a Shu general who once had his beard shaved off as a penalty by order of the chancellor Zhuge Liang after a campaign that failed due to a shortsighted strategy by its commander, Ma Su. After the fall of Shu in 263, Chen Shou served as a historian in the Jin dynasty. In 274, he collected the writings of Zhuge Liang.[1]

Appointments and titles held[edit]

  • Filial and Incorrupt (孝廉) - nominated candidate to be a Gentleman Cadet ()
  • Gentleman Cadet of Literary Works (著作郎)
  • Prefect of Yangping (陽平令)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts 1991, pg. 946